Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friends of the Franklin Library Memorial Brick Sale for New Library Patio

Dear fellow Franklin resident,

It is an exciting time for the Franklin Public Library, and The Friends of Franklin Library invites you to be a part of it.

In 1904, Franklin’s library was housed in a permanent building for the first time when the Ray Memorial Building—a gift to the citizens of Franklin from the Ray family—was dedicated. From 1987 to 1989, the library underwent extensive restoration to maintain the original beauty and splendor of this classical Greek structure.

Thousands of patrons borrow printed books, audiobooks, magazines, and music CDs, and benefit from computer access, educational programs, and much more. To accommodate the increased use of the facility and its resources, the library is being upgraded and expanded. 

The ongoing library building project includes a special case to display the books personally donated by Benjamin Franklin at the time of the town’s founding. (The availability of these books is the basis for our town’s claim as home to the nation’s first public lending library.)


In conjunction with the construction of the new wing and major renovations to the building, a new brick patio will be constructed at the School Street entrance. This area is sure to become a favorite spot for patrons to gather, attend a program, or sit and read in leisure. Wi-Fi will be available on the patio.

How can you participate in the library building project? Order an engraved brick, which will be used to pave this new patio area. Your engraved brick will instill this space with a sense of community pride, and be a lasting contribution to this community treasure. Proceeds from the brick sales will be used to pay for new furniture and to fund other library projects.

Bricks may be purchased for yourself, as a gift in honor of someone, or in memory of a loved one. A brick can be inscribed with the names of individuals or groups of your choice on two or three lines. There is a 15-character limit per line. A brick engraved with two lines costs $50; one with three lines costs $75.

Order forms are available at the library’s Kenwood Circle temporary location. Payments should be mailed to Friends of Franklin Library, P.O. Box 147, Franklin, MA 02038. Our members are available to assist at any time, so feel free to email us at

Thank you for your participation in this special project."

The patio Engraved Brick Fund is sponsored by The Friends of Franklin Library, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible. All proceeds from brick sales will be used for library projects.

Franklin Library under construction
Franklin Library under construction


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